Planning Internship

City of Shaker Heights

The City of Shaker Heights Planning Department is seeking a part-time intern to assist planning staff with ongoing projects and department responsibilities. This is an unpaid, volunteer position for Summer 2020; flexible 10-15 hours for 2-3 days per week. The position is available approximately May-August. The department is involved with many different responsibilities and projects at any one time. The internship is designed to provide students with practical, hands-on planning experience in a busy office. The intern will work closely with experienced planning staff on implementation of daily planning administration activities as well as current city projects. He/she will work with the City Planning Commission/Board of Zoning Appeals, Architectural Board of Review and Landmark Commission staff to review plans, assemble information for staff reports and conduct follow-up site visits. Interns will be invited to observe or participate in a variety of meetings whenever appropriate.

Project work may include assistance in the following areas:

  • Long range and commercial corridor planning—project support, research
  • Transportation projects such as traffic calming, bike planning, and multipurpose path plans—project support, research
  • Zoning—case documentation and follow-up inspections

Applicants should be enrolled in, or a graduate of, a degree program in Urban Planning, Urban Studies, Public Administration, Architecture, Historic Preservation, Political Science or a related field. Both undergraduate and graduate students are welcome. Additional information and application instructions can be found at:

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